SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

June 19, 2013

Family Festival offers something for everyone nearly every day

BY ETHAN FORMAN
STAFF WRITER

---- — DANVERS — The Danvers Family Festival kicks off its salute to all things summer this Friday evening with a new “Swing into Summer — A Speakeasy” event at the Danversport Yacht Club.

While this salute to the Roaring ’20s is all sold out, there is more than enough for a family to do in the days leading up to the July 3 Danvers Fireworks Festival in Plains Park, which is behind Holten Richmond Middle School on Conant Street.

New security measures in place for the fireworks ban coolers and bags and limit access to the park, which opens to the public at 4 p.m. A stage show will start at 6 p.m., the winner of the 50/50 raffle will be announced at 9:15 p.m., and the fireworks light up the sky at 9:30 p.m.

First up, today from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Danvers Library on Sylvan Street will sponsor its Danvers Memories Roadshow that uses family photos to document Danvers history.

This weekend, you can catch the North Shore Radio Association field day at Endicott Park, while book lovers can head to the Danvers Library from Saturday to July 6 for the annual book sale.

Also on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., truck lovers of all ages can head to Liberty Tree Mall’s back parking lot for a Touch a Truck event. The Danvers Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo takes place Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Great Oak Elementary School parking lot. New to Family Festival this year, Connors Farm on Valley Road is holding a Strawberry Festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Rebecca Nurse Homestead living history museum on Pine Street, which opens for the season Saturday, will turn back the clock with a 1912-themed garden bazaar. Admission on Saturday is only 25 cents.

For art lovers, this Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m., catch the “People and Places” art show by the Danvers Art Association at the Williams School on Elliott Street.

On Sunday, June 23, young anglers can line up to catch and release perch, catfish and pickerel at Mill Pond from 9 a.m. to noon, during the Mike Gordon Fishing Derby. Prizes will be awarded to the top two finishers. Also on Sunday, the Polish Club Picnic on Cheever Street runs from 1 to 6 p.m. with food, rides and fun.

The Danvers Historical Society’s History, Harmony, Hot Dogs and Hits will take place Monday, June 24 (with a rain date of July 1), from 5 to 8 p.m., at Glen Magna Farms on Ingersoll Street. This year, Essex Baseball Club will take on a squad from Danvers High playing by old-time rules.

At the same date and place, you can catch Crafts and a Movie Night sponsored by the Danvers Recreation Department, with the craft starting at 7 p.m. and the movie at 8 p.m. No coolers or pets please.

The annual Kiwanis vs. Rotary clubs softball game will take place Tuesday, June 25, at 6 p.m. in John George Park.

On Wednesday, June 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., Boy Scout Troop 16 will serve its annual Spaghetti Supper at Maple Street Church, with families eating for $15, adults for $5, and seniors and kids for $4.

Then, residents can head out to a blocked-off Danvers Square for the Oldies Night musical street fair from 6 to 9 p.m. This same evening, you can stop by Tapley Memorial Hall on Page Street from 4 to 6 p.m. to see the family artifacts that Danvers third-graders may donate to the Danvers Historical Society.

On Thursday, June 27, the Danvers High Concert Band will perform at the Rotary Pavilion at the library from 6 to 9 p.m. during the annual Danvers Rotary Concert.

On Friday, June 28, McDonald’s on High Street will hold a Family Fun Day from 5 to 8 p.m., and the Danvers Idol finals will be held at 7 p.m. at the auditorium at Danvers High on Cabot Road.

The Danvers Garden Club is presenting a children’s concert on Saturday, June 29, at the Danvers Library in the Children’s Garden from 10 to 11 a.m.

The Barn Workshop Fine Arts and Crafts School at 245 Maple St. will offer a sculpture exhibition and demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 29 and July 6.

June 29 is also Endicott Park Day and the Ice Cream Scoop-Ah-Bowl, and both take place at Endicott Park on Forest Street. Endicott Park Day runs from 11 to 3 p.m., while the Scoop-Ah-Bowl takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. For $8, one can buy an all-day ride and ice cream bracelet.

Sunday, June 30, will see the It’s My Heart — Boston Walk and Family Picnic, all for awareness of congenital heart defects, with registration starting at 9 a.m. at Endicott Park. Later on, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the library lawn of the library will showcase the Strays in Need Dog Show.

For those who cannot get enough of the festivities, on July 4, the Highlands Horribles Parade takes place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., starting at Seaboard Products at the corner of Beachwood and Collins streets. Later, the Back Bay Parade takes place from 11 a.m. to noon in the Back Bay neighborhood. This parade assembles at the corner of Damon and Porter streets at 10:30 a.m.

For more information about the Danvers Family Festival fireworks and a comprehensive listing of all events, go to www.danversfamilyfestival.com.